CRY and BBH partner for 'Vote for Child Rights' campaign


CRY – Child Rights and You and BBH India, CRY’s creative partner have joined hands to spread awareness about the importance of voting for child rights in India as part of CRY’s nationwide campaign ‘Vote for Child Rights’.

CRY works towards sustainable change, by ensuring all children receive their rights. ‘Vote for Child Rights’ campaign aims to pursue political candidates to ensure due emphasis is given to child rights in their party manifestos. The mission was to make politicians stand up and take notice.

Instead of a simple pledge, BBH India did something unique and created a vote bank. Strength in numbers encourages the audience, and a vote bank in itself is what politicians pay attention to. BBH created a campaign around the childmark, a yellow dot symbolising your vote for child rights. The campaign was driven online and on ground.

Subhash Kamath, CEO and Managing Partner BBH India said, “Child Rights is a very real issue. People don’t fully understand the concept so we wanted to bring it right upfront. Not with a predictable lecture on the issue, but with an inspirational film. We wanted to make it interesting so people will engage and share it with friends.”

The film demonstrates, in the most simple manner, how the yellow childmark and a vote bank can make all the difference. Essential child rights were highlighted including the right to education, nutrition, protection and most importantly, the right to a childhood. On the making of the film, Russell Barrett, CCO and Managing Partner BBH India said, “The first bit of creative thinking was to suggest that to get politicians’ attention, we have to create a vote bank. That’s exactly what we set off to do. Having a lovely idea is great, but having the in-house talent to make it come alive is truly rewarding. The team worked their fingers to the bone for weeks and weeks to get the writing, illustration, animation, photography, direction and post-production just right. We have to thank the client though, for the immense patience they had while we developed, scrapped and redeveloped things. ”

Emphasizing on the importance to reach out to politicians and public through this campaign, Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Mobilisation, CRY said, “This campaign aims to urge politicians to put children first and the general public to vote for a party that does so. While several nationwide initiatives and policies are in place to protect children against violation of their rights, there is a visible lack of political will to implement the same. We wanted to highlight the support we can garner from public to ensure that the parties take notice and that the best interest of the child be put at the centre of all policy, legislation and practice. BBH has beautifully depicted the rights of the child and how a vote in support of the same can bring about a lasting change in the child’s life.”

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